Niagara Gazette — New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, says his lead is widening as paper ballots are being counted in the race for the 145th District.
In a press release issued Monday, Ceretto claimed to have expanded his lead over Democratic challenger and Niagara Falls School Board member Robert Restaino by 147 votes to 1,052 votes, up from an election-night total of 905.
According to Ceretto's campaign, the incumbent's lead grew after all “paper” ballots from Grand Island - the Erie County portion of the 145th Assembly District - were counted. Paper ballots refer to both absentee and affidavit ballots.
“I remain very confident that after all valid ballots are counted, it will confirm my re-election to the state Assembly,” said Ceretto.
Now that the Erie County count has been completed, the attention will turn to the Niagara County Board of Elections where officials are expected to begin opening paper ballots this morning. According to Ceretto's office, 2,245 absentee ballots and 911 affidavit ballots remain to be counted.
“I am honored to have earned the trust of so many voters in the 145th Assembly District,” said Ceretto. “I am eager to get back to work. While we’ve made tremendous progress the last two years, difficult work remains.”